Characters are Everywhere!

Anywhere I go, I see unique people. Unique in how they dress, how they talk, and how they act. Potential characters are everywhere, just waiting to be used in a story. I recently read “Getting Into Character” by Brandilyn Collins, and have been opening my eyes to certain things people do, or as Brandilyn calls them, “mannerisms”. The book is amazing. I highly recommend it for all writers of fiction!

I was sitting in church, listening to the sermon, when I noticed an interesting man. I began to write on my sermon notes:

Sunlight filtered through the stain glass windows, like a distorted rainbow-colored checkerboard on the church floor and across the benches. In the front bench sat a man in his fifties, hunched over, looking up through his bushy eyebrows, large ears wiggling as he chewed a piece of gum. What he had left of his grey hair stuck straight up and wrinkles deformed his forehead as he concentrated on the pastor.

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  1. lol. Love that last part! I do that sort of thing every day. You start to wonder what the story is behind the woman who sits in the plaza and stares at the fountain with a cigerette hanging out her mouth. Or you stare at a homeless man sleeping in the plaza and you wonder what brought him to this point in his life?

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  2. Sarah, thanks much for mentioning my book Getting Into Character. Glad you've found it helpful in your own writing.

    Blessings,

    ~ Brandilyn

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  3. Thanks for stopping by, Brandilyn! I loaned my friend my copy of your book, and she loves it, too!

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  4. Sounds like a great book recommendation! Fiction is not my genre, but lately I'm feeling a desire to try it. I'm not sure if it's me or God so I'm just keeping it under the radar until I decipher the origin of the desire, or if I truly even have the desire to write fiction at all. It might be a passing fancy.

    You write so well, Sarah. I never cease to be amazed.

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